Spur for teen cagers to go the extra mile in U-17 C’ships

KUALA LUMPUR: There will be more at stake in the Under-17 National Basketball Championships from Aug 12-18.

Apart from the RM5,000 prize money, there will be four full and 36 partial educational scholarships worth a total of RM660,000 from FTMS College up for grabs.

The Malaysian Basketball Asso-ciation deputy secretary-general Sim Sin Heng (pic) hope that the players will grab the opportunity.

“The scholarships will be awarded to players who excel at the tournament, for example the most valuable player or the highest scorers,” said Sin Heng.

“FTMS College came to us with the offer and we hope in the future, other colleges will also come forward.”

In the boys’ draw, defending champions Negri Sembilan, Pahang and Sabah are in Group A while Selangor, Perak and Terengganu make up Group B.

Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Putrajaya will fight it out in Group C. Johor, Sarawak, Police and Labuan are in Group D.

In the girls’ event, defending champions Johor will do battle in Group A with Negri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur, Perak, Terengganu and Putrajaya.

Last year’s runners-up Selangor head Group B with Sabah, Penang, Sarawak, Labuan and Police.

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